Peter Hanmer was selected as the winner of the 2017  Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of The Year. Peter has spent 9 months producing his installation at Newcastle University where he is also studying for a Masters Degree in Fine Art.    His installation ‘Plato’s Lair’ will fill the potting shed in the Walled Garden at Cheeseburn, the piece is heavily influenced by Plato’s story ‘The Allegory of the Cave’, otherwise known as Plato’s Cave, featured in Plato’s seminal work ‘The Republic’.

The installation will be featured along with our Stables Gallery exhibition of proposals from 11 young artists who are bidding for the 2018 Young Sculptor of the Year Award. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite proposal at Cheeseburn Sculpture across two open weekends in May 19th/20th, May 26th/27th/28th

Funding from the Gillian Dickinson Trust has enabled Cheeseburn Sculpture to develop this annual award to support new and emerging artists who are from the North East or committed to working in the North East.

Cheeseburn Sculpture Curator Matthew Jarratt said:
“ This funding commitment  from the Gillian Dickinson Trust is providing a fantastic annual opportunity for young artists in the North East to get their professional careers started and to realise ambitious new artworks. We were so impressed by the quality of  proposals from the young artists and really excited to work with Peter to support him to produce his installation of  miniature figures and intriguing scenes.”